Jobs and Economy
We have a major skills gap in the Minnesota job market. Minnesota employees cannot find the skilled workers they need with the right qualifications, and right now job seekers are having a difficult time getting the skills they need for the high-paying jobs that are available today.
College isn’t the right path for every student and we shouldn’t be limiting the options of Minnesota students by underfunding or de-emphasizing technical education and career skills programs.
To keep Minnesota’s economy strong, we need to re-envision the connections between our high schools, career skills and technical education programs, community partners and employers. That’s why I’m working to make career skills and technical education available to more students, and I’m focused on aligning these programs with our job market so that students are prepared with the skills they need to be successful as they enter it.
More on Jobs and Economy
Today, U.S. Senator Tina Smith (D-Minn.) and U.S. Representative Angie Craig (D-MN 2) introduced companion bills in the Senate and House to help Minnesotans secure careers in high-demand fields by fueling workforce training partnerships between schools and local businesses.
Today, U.S. Rep. Angie Craig continued her effort to expand career and technical education (CTE) programs for Minnesotans after visiting CTE facilities at several schools in the Second Congressional District. Making career and technical education programs more accessible is a top priority for Rep. Craig as she works to close the skills gap and expand economic opportunity for Minnesotans.
Yesterday, U.S. Rep. Angie Craig hosted Executive Director of Red Wing Ignite Neela Mollgaard at an Agriculture Subcommittee hearing titled Building Opportunity in Rural America through Affordable, Reliable and High-Speed Broadband. Red Wing Ignite is a non-profit that promotes economic development in Red Wing by bringing together and providing resources for small businesses, entrepreneurs, and students. Red Wing Ignite has more than 18 businesses and organizations in their co-working space, and they have recruited and supported nearly 40 startups in 2019 alone.
On Thursday May 30th, U.S. Rep. Angie Craig joined the Small Business Subcommittee on Contracting and Infrastructure Chairman Jared Golden (ME-2), Ranking Member Pete Stauber (MN-08) and Rep. Jim Hagedorn (MN-01) for a field hearing in Scandia to discuss the limitations small businesses face when they do not have access to reliable broadband.